Feeding our new chicks

grullablue

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11 Years
Feb 27, 2008
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Madison, Wisconsin
Our new "kindergarten classroom" chicks came home today. There are 15 of them. Breed unknown, except that they are a "mixed light variety". They are a week old, I have the temp at a stable 90 degrees, and changing their water as frequently as they dirty it (seems every 5 minutes!). At the school, they fed them three times a day. I bought them a feeder. Can I leave that feeder in there or should they be fed "meals?" I'm thinking it's ok to let them eat at will. I have discovered they make quite a mess with the feeder though, so I've been taking it out, letting them clean up the mess, then putting it back in. Quite active little guys! This is gonna be fun!

Thanks!
Angie
 

plapczynski

Songster
11 Years
Feb 3, 2008
113
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Chillicothe, OH
Howdy.

You should leave the feed out for them. I would recommend a row type feeder, usually about 12-18" long with holes in the lid on two sides. They seem to help with the mess as they are harder to scratch in.

Everything else sounds perfect!

Paul
 

grullablue

Songster
11 Years
Feb 27, 2008
326
6
154
Madison, Wisconsin
Thanks! I saw the feeder you mentioned....what I actually bought was a round one, with holes around it, and a jar on top. They seem to be doing ok with that for now....but I'm sure we'll be graduating up to the long one in no time! I have put the food out for them full time, I thought they should....but wanted to double check!

Angie
 

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